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  • Triple Crown Beverage Group - Food and Drink International
    up Triple Crown but is also a reference to its most important supplier Anheuser Busch and the crown logo that represents Budweiser The relationship between the two companies grew even closer in 2013 when Triple Crown acquired Mingo Bottling Co an Anheuser Busch distributor in West Virginia The purchase along with winning the coveted Ambassador of Excellence designation from Anheuser Busch solidified Triple Crown s status as one of the beer maker s top performing wholesalers in the entire country and increased the company s market to 15 counties across three states Triple Crown s ability to adapt to ongoing changes in the beer market support its growth and create synergies between its now four distributor operations has made Hill proud of the company Without my people I m nothing the co owner says I can t make the decisions I make without my great staff Crafty Consolidation The three business that make up Triple Crown had all been involved in various parts of the beverage industry in the past including distributing wine water and energy drinks such as Monster Energy But as part of the consolidation the newly formed Triple Crown committed itself to only beer and cider products Our philosophy was we can be good at beer good at wine and good at energy drinks or we can be great at beer Williams says In choosing where to consolidate its operations Triple Crown chose Eagle Distributing s West Virginia headquarters It was the largest facility and allowed the company to put all of its managers under one roof to streamline the decision making process Hill explains Although Anheuser Busch remains Triple Crown s largest partner the company works with several other major brewers including Yuengling New Belgium and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co along with a number of local and regional craft brands within a 200 mile radius of its market Partnering with those regional craft brewers has helped us grow our portfolio in a smart way Williams says But with the craft beer wave rising over the past decade the number of small breweries continues to grow To weed out the viability of those new suppliers Triple Crown is focused on local craft breweries with long term potential We re looking for somebody who has great liquid and has proven they can sustain themselves in the marketplace for a period of time Williams says Triple Crown limits itself to adding only one or two new suppliers each year Williams says the company turns down 10 times that number Some of its best performing craft brands fit the local and regional model and include Country Boy Brewing in Kentucky Big Timber Brewing in West Virginia Mountain State Brewing in West Virginia and Portsmouth Brewing in Ohio Although craft brewing is on the rise nationwide it only makes up about 3 percent of Triple Crown s sales Williams says the company s territory West Virginia southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky is about five years behind the craft movement In our

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  • General Parts - Food and Drink International
    in a number of ways Hodge says First and foremost is that we have relationships with over 300 manufactures of equipment If they need warranty service we provide that Although much of its new business occurs during the warranty period General Parts hopes to retains its clients even after the manufacturer s warranty runs outs Hodge likens it to taking a car into a dealership for service If the service is good the customer will keep coming in even after the vehicle passes the 75 000 mile threshold The difference is instead of the equipment coming to General Parts General Parts goes to the equipment General Parts has been able to maintain that level of service because of its long term relationships with the companies it represents Hodge says key manufacturer groups such as Manitowoc Foodservice The Middleby Corp ITW Food Equipment Group Unified Brands and the Ali Group have worked with General Parts for 25 to 50 years It s not typically something that s done overnight building relationships Hodge says But we ve been around long enough that there s not anybody in the industry on the manufacturing side who doesn t know who General Parts is The company has maintained those successful relationships by delivering on its obligations When we make a commitment to them for inventory and pricing we honor that he adds Likewise General Parts leverages its relationships with its customers National franchisees are often counted on to switch their business over to General Parts whenever it opens a branch or acquires another company We give them consistent pricing and programs wherever we open Hodge says of the General Parts advantage They get the same service price in Fargo N D that they get in Chicago Establishing a Distribution Network Being able to provide consistent services at consistent prices requires a standardized infrastructure Further customers demand speed in their equipment repairs A Pizza Hut that has an oven go down is out of business until the technician shows up To support those quick service turnarounds General Parts opened a national parts distribution center in 2013 in Waukesha Wis The facility holds about one third of General Parts 6 million in parts inventory and functions as the company s central purchasing center and as the warehouse for its direct to the public online store Hopefully that will be the first of three or four distribution centers Hodge says The goal is to have one distribution center in each area of the country or each time zone General Parts is still getting a handle on how to best operate its distribution business and separate it from the service side of the company We want to make sure we don t jeopardize our service product because of distribution Hodge says To eliminate those complications the distribution center is set up as its own business called GP PartsDirect Branch locations each still maintain their own inventories too That helps each site better support their local customers without worrying about

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  • Associated Food Stores - Food and Drink International
    the size of its customer base Through economies of scale the company provides a number of ongoing services to its members including retail pricing marketing technology retail accounting and assistance with schematic designs Each independent member has its own way of thinking and doing business To most efficiently serve its customers Associated Food Stores standardizes processes and operations wherever possible Installing the same front end systems or implementing similar loyalty platforms across its network streamlines those services Its efficient supply chain helps Associated Food Stores streamline its operations too The company has two distribution centers The primary one is a 1 3 million square foot facility about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City in Farr West Utah The building is a former Rite Aid facility that Associated Food Stores acquired and expanded into a state of the art distribution center The Farr West center serves all eight states in the company s market and ships an average of 4 6 million in product each day We move product all the way to the northern border of the United States out of that facility Obray says The second distribution center is a 150 000 square foot facility attached to Associated Food Stores corporate offices in Salt Lake City This secondary facility is mainly used for certain product lines and to manage overflow distribution Obray explains Many products are ordered and delivered to customers by the next day thanks to Associated Food Stores in house fleet of more than 100 trucks That speed has become critical to competitiveness Products that were once handled by outside distributors such as organic foods are now in high demand and must be quickly moved through the supply chain To keep up with those trends Associated Food Stores constantly reviews its SKUs and makes sure its warehouses have the right products inventoried As the mix changes the product in the grocery store changes Obray says We have to move faster and adapt Brand Advantage One way Associated Food Stores differentiates itself is through its collection of exclusive brands With more than 3 500 grocery frozen deli dairy and non food items Western Family is the company s most important exclusive brand Obray says and Associated Food Stores is a part owner of the supplier Associated Food Stores other key brands include Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream Shur Savings Farm Bread and Full Circle Full Circle a brand exclusive to Associated Food Stores in its trade area has helped sales grow because of the brand s focus on organic foods The category management department of Associated Food Stores is responsible for managing those brand relationships and acquiring new products for member stores By reviewing customer feedback and market data the category management team seeks out the products that are available and matches them with consumer wants It s not a depth of selection Associated Food Stores is ultimately after but rather quality We can operate at a level well above some of the value type operators

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  • Phoenix Media Corp - Food and Drink International
    Bono s Pit Bar B Q Galaxie Coffee Check out our latest Edition Subscribe for free Archive Contact Janice Click here to advertise with us Tweets by FoodandDrinkMag Video See more Contact Us Food and Drink Magazine 79 West Monroe St Suite 400 Chicago IL 60603 312 676 1100 312 676 1101 Click here for a full list of contacts Latest Edition Subscribe for free Spread The Love Google Twitter

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  • Galaxie Coffee - Food and Drink International
    All Galaxie Coffee Check out our latest Edition Subscribe for free Archive Contact Janice Click here to advertise with us Tweets by FoodandDrinkMag Video See more Contact Us Food and Drink Magazine 79 West Monroe St Suite 400 Chicago IL 60603 312 676 1100 312 676 1101 Click here for a full list of contacts Latest Edition Subscribe for free Spread The Love Google Twitter Tweet Facebook Linkedin 2016 Food

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  • Coffee - Food and Drink International
    Meson Sandwiches Galaxie Coffee Check out our latest Edition Subscribe for free Archive Contact Janice Click here to advertise with us Tweets by FoodandDrinkMag Video See more Contact Us Food and Drink Magazine 79 West Monroe St Suite 400 Chicago IL 60603 312 676 1100 312 676 1101 Click here for a full list of contacts Latest Edition Subscribe for free Spread The Love Google Twitter Tweet Facebook Linkedin 2016

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  • Westward Seafood Inc. - Food and Drink International
    year round but grows to 1 200 employees during peak seasons Now along with its sister companies Westward Seafood occupies 30 percent of the dedicated pollock fisheries in Alaska The company strives to provide better products daily through lean manufacturing techniques and Kaizen the Japanese ideal of getting incrementally better with each year and routine It s a very humbling and serious responsibility we have to make sure the product gets to market in the most efficient way possible and that people have the most enjoyable and healthy product to eat President Mark JoHahnson says Building a Community Finding skilled people to work in the Alaskan fisheries has become more challenging every year Many people in high tech fields prefer to work in the lower 48 or if they do go to Alaska Westward Seafood must compete with the petroleum industry for workers JoHahnson is not discouraged We re doing a lot of outreach with local community colleges technical and trade schools and military programs where retired military people who have learned great skills are able to bring some of those to us he explains We teach them the fishing business We ve even reached out to local trade schools and are trying to attract people from rural communities Westward Seafood hopes to automate many of its processes in the next few years But that brings about another issue finding a different kind of skilled worker to operate the machinery and maintain quality in its operations We are proud to work with the Native Corporations of Alaska and have partnerships to employ people who are learning office skills trades and engineering JoHahnson says Most of our permanent employees live in Alaska so we are community focused We re a large independent business but we recognize that we are a humble part of an even larger community Sustainability is Key The fisheries in Dutch Harbor are protected by The North Pacific Fishery Management Council The governmental body regulates fishing for private enterprises with quotas in an attempt to conserve the population and preserve the area With more than 50 percent of all U S seafood harvested from the Bering Sea sustainability is a major concern of scientists the government and fishing industry so that both the fish population and businesses can thrive There are habitat protections in place along with some areas completely closed off to fishing and trawling The fishing industry in Alaska realizes we can t degrade the resource or we won t be in business for long JoHahnson explains We have a very long term focus We do everything in our power to preserve and enhance the fishery so that it will continue as a resource for the world s people in perpetuity Thanks to the regulations in place the Bering Sea is the only one of the four major ocean basins that has not experienced overfishing or fishery collapse in the last 40 years We are proud to say that we have a wild nutritious sustainable low

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1763-westward-seafood-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • The Best of Beers - Food and Drink International
    it was founded 82 years ago because Truitt believes bigger is not always better I am here every day and I can get in the trenches pretty quick and make the calls he says That s a real key to how we run our business Not to say I m on Mount Olympus throwing down thunderbolts but I know the smart decisions to make to be a good mentor and make the right decisions for all involved Being small allows The Best of Beers to develop more personalized relationships with its brewery partners When brewers choose a wholesaler they want to know the owner as well as the craft beer manager It s kind of like meeting your girlfriend s parents he says The ownership angle is very important and I ve tried to be very active If the owner is not fired up the product won t be as big of a success Truitt looks forward to spending personal time with brewers in addition to the time spent together focused on business I am 63 years old but I communicate well with people in their 20s and 30s he says I think the craft brewers have an old fashioned feel and think very hard about the person they are dealing with It s not something we give their generation enough credit for and they are the greatest entrepreneurs There is a personal aspect of dealing with craft brewers that people don t understand Many craft brewers begin as home brewers and Truitt says helping their product become available and grow a wild following is what The Best of Beers is all about The industry in general is a great deal of fun and if you look at the occasions that people use beer for it s all very social

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1761-the-best-of-beers (2016-04-27)
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